M. Bailey Hirschburg

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With over a decade of cannabis reform advocacy with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Bailey was Washington NORML’s Legislative Associate during the 2017-18 legislative sessions and the only lobbyist focused solely on recreational cannabis policy. He’s currently the consumer representative on the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s Cannabis Advisory Council. Bailey has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and lives in Lacey, Washington with his wife.

Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee – Public Meeting (February 12, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 12th Washington State Senate Law and Justice Committee (LAW) public hearing on SB 5605, “Concerning misdemeanor marijuana offense convictions.”  SB 5605 is the companion bill to HB 1500; the first public hearing for that bill was hosted by the House Public Safety Committee on February 5th. My top … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bills (February 11, 2019) – HB 1945 – “Concerning sales and sampling of marijuana.”

Here are some observations about HB 1945, a new bill in Washington’s state legislature “Concerning sales and sampling of marijuana.” The bill was drafted by Cannabis Observer Bailey Hirschburg in his role as a volunteer with Washington NORML with consultation from licensees and industry representatives. My top takeaways: Legislation to enable direct sales by some … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (February 7, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 7th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee (COG) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1794, “Concerning agreements between licensed marijuana businesses and other people and businesses, including royalty and licensing agreements relating to the use of intellectual property.” Committee … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (February 6, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 6th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Executive Management Team public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director of Legislative Relations Chris Thompson updated the Board and staff on the agency’s request legislation, as well as other cannabis bills (audio – 18m). The most recent public update … Continued

Washington State House Public Safety Committee – Public Hearing (February 5, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 5th Washington State House Public Safety Committee (PS) Public Hearing for HB 1500, “Concerning misdemeanor marijuana offense convictions.” My top 3 takeaways: The Office of Program Research briefed members on HB 1500 and lawmakers shared their perspectives on the bill (audio – 3m, video). From the House Bill … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (February 4, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 4th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee (COG) afternoon meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1238, “Authorizing marijuana retailers to sell certain products and merchandise.” HB 1238 is the companion bill to SB 5201; the first public hearing for that … Continued

Washington State Senate Labor and Commerce Committee – Public Hearing (January 31, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 31st Washington State Senate Labor and Commerce Committee morning meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Committee hosted a public hearing for SB 5155, “Allowing residential marijuana agriculture.” SB 5155 is the companion bill to HB 1131; the first public hearing for that bill was in the House Commerce … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (January 28, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 28th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee public hearing. My top 3 takeaways: The Committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1237, “Reforming the compliance and enforcement provisions for marijuana licensees.” Committee Counsel Peter Clodfelter walked committee members through the legislation (audio – 2m, video). From the … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (January 23, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 23rd WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board delayed action on rulemaking regarding changes to mandatory marijuana signage (audio – 1m, video). The CR-102 to update the signs licensees must post on licensed premises had been scheduled for approval but was postponed. As recently as the … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (January 21, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 21st Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee public hearing for the home grow bill. My top 3 takeaways: Committee staff outlined HB 1131, an act relating to residential marijuana agriculture, and Representative Brian Blake, the bill sponsor, offered brief remarks to his fellow Committee members. Washington State … Continued